Charlotte Corney is a renowned zookeeper. She is also the former CEO of The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary in the Isle of Wight, as well as the founder of The Wildheart Trust. Corney is well known as the partner of the television presenter and nature photographer Chris Packham.
Charlotte has been in a relationship with Chris since 2007. Who is Chris Packham’s partner? Find out more in her bio below.
Charlotte Corney’s biography
Charlotte was born on 22 June 1976 in Manchester, England. Her parents are named Jack and Judith Corney. She has an elder sister known as Emma.
Charlotte grew up around animals as her parents owned a zoo. Her dad left his engineering job and bought a run-down zoo in the late 1970s. He turned it around, exposing his family to the love and care for animals in the process.
Charlotte grew up with wild animals and had intended to study animal behaviour at the university. However, she gave up her higher education to help out at the zoo, namely to help raise a tiger.
- Full name: Charlotte Corney
- Gender: Female
- Date of birth: 22 June 1976
- Age: 45 (as of 2021)
- Zodiac sign: Cancer
- Place of birth: Manchester, England
- Nationality: British
- Residence: United Kingdom
- Ethnicity: White
- Religion: Christianity
- Relationship status: Dating
- Partner: Chris Packham
- Profession: Zookeeper
- Height: 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
- Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Corney took over the operations of her parents’ zoo after her dad passed on in 2003. Since then, she had been its director, managing its daily operations, rescuing animals, looking after the animals, and helping promote the zoo. That said, in 2018, Charlotte stepped away from her position as the CEO.
One of the notable works of promoting the zoo that Corney has done is the series Tiger Island which was featured on the National Geographic channel. She inherited the zoo in 2013 after her mother retired as the owner.
The Isle of Wight Zoo evolved over the years, and its name was changed to The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary in 2021. Charlotte did this to show its current approach as a rescue-first sanctuary for animals who need re-homing or have been in unpleasant conditions of captivity and the like.
Charlotte loves animals, and her work is all about protecting them and providing them with the best conditions for living. She works as an activist for wildlife conservation and animal rights. She works with different organizations on various animal-related issues.
In 2017, Corney created The Wildheart Trust, a charity that aims to help the well-being of animals and make an impact on the world of wildlife. It currently provides funds for conservation efforts in India, Madagascar and the UK. Charlotte’s partner Chris Packham is also a Trustee.
As Chris Packham’s partner
Corney and Packham met at the Isle of Wight Zoo. As Chris said to her later, he knew that Charlotte was the one on the very first day they met. However, she had no such idea, as she was in a relationship with her ex-partner at the time.
Chris made an effort to be with Corney, but since he suffers from Asperger syndrome, he could not directly leave her the usual signs that reveal his interest in her. However, in 2007, they were to go out for dinner but ended up talking the whole night. The two connected very deeply and soon began dating.
Chris Packham’s girlfriend would notice that he was bluntly honest and not as empathetic as she would expect. When she researched and thought that her partner might be suffering from Asperger’s, she asked him about it, and he confirmed it. Chris didn’t tell her about his condition for five years because he thought he was good at hiding it, but apparently, he was not that good.
Is Chris Packham married?
Chris Packham and Charlotte Corney are not yet married. Though they have been in a relationship since 2007, they live miles apart because of work commitments.
Chris’ residence is the New Forest, while Charlotte’s is in the Isle of Wight. However, according to Chris Packham’s wife (possibly future wife), the couple is working towards living together. For now, Corney shares her home with her pet rabbits, Abella and Otto.
Chris was previously in a relationship with Jo McCubbin. He is the step-dad to Jo’s daughter named Megan McCubbin, who has taken after him career-wise and has even appeared with him on Autumnwatch. Megan and Charlotte share a cordial relationship, as can be seen from McCubbin’s Instagram.
Charlotte Corney is a successful zookeeper, philanthropist and animal welfare activist. She is an animal lover who is all about protecting wild animals and standing for their rights.